Alkali-Metal Clean-up

Collectively, CEI’s principals have more than 150 years of experience working with alkali metals, including sodium, potassium, cesium, lithium, and alloys of these metals. These unique materials require special skill and precautions when cleaning systems involved in their use. Whether the cleaning is for maintenance, decommissioning, or after a spill or accident, CEI has the experience to do the job safely.

Recycling is always a preferred option to disposal, and CEI has the capability to remove and re-use sodium if it is still of commercial quality. CEI has recovered thousands of pounds of sodium and converted it into sodium dispersion, avoiding the generation of waste. The value in recycling is not in the value of the sodium but in the avoided cost of disposal.

photo of clean-upWhen the sodium, potassium, or other alkali metal is not of commercial quality, disposal becomes necessary. CEI’s engineers have the knowledge, skill, and experience to safely react the metal to a hydroxide, which can then be removed easily from the tank, piping or other components. For more info on disposal, go to our remediation page.

Following conversion and removal of the hydroxide, the system can be flushed with water to remove residual hydroxide and make removal safe.

photo of Creative Engineers staff Suited up for caustic and radiological hazards

photo of Creative Engineers staff Suited up for caustic and radiological hazards